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Upcoming FASB Proposal Offers Simplified Goodwill Impairment Test

In late March, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) is expected to release a proposal that shortens the goodwill impairment test public companies perform after an acquisition. The upcoming proposal would eliminate the second part of the two-step impairment test that calculates the decreased value amount of acquired goodwill. A one-step process would bring U.S. GAAP more in line with International Financial Reporting Standards and address complaints that the calculation of goodwill impairment is an expensive and unnecessary process.

The FASB wants to issue the proposal for a comment period of 60 days.

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